Felix Magath had an unhappy return to Wolfsburg as the reigning Bundesliga champions dealt a blow to his Schalke team's title hopes with a 2-1 win. Magath was making his first visit back to the club he led to a surprise league triumph last term.
Wolfsburg have struggled without him, while Schalke went into the match three points behind Bayer Leverkusen and four adrift of pacesetters Bayern Munich.
Leverkusen could only draw 2-2 with Werder Bremen today, but Magath's side could not take advantage despite taking the lead through Kevin Kuranyi on the half-hour mark. It stayed that way until 19 minutes from time when Grafite headed the equaliser. And Wolfsburg wrapped up the win six minutes later as the striker grabbed his second.
Point sends Leverkusen top
Leverkusen returned to the top of the table with their point, but they would have hoped for more after Bayern's draw with Nurnberg yesterday. Eren Derdiyok put Leverkusen ahead in the 29th minute, but Claudio Pizarro equalised five minutes later.
Toni Kroos put Leverkusen ahead again in the 57th minute, but Per Mertesacker earned Bremen a draw in stoppage time. The point still extended Leverkusen's unbeaten record to 23 games, equalling the record set by their own coach, Jupp Heynckes, in the 1988-1989 season with Bayern.
Hertha Berlin gave their survival hopes a huge lift with a convincing 3-0 defeat of fellow strugglers Freiburg. Adrian Gustavo opened the scoring before two goals from Cicero gave Friedhelm Funkel's bottom-of-the-table team a morale-boosting victory, only their third of the season.